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July 2, 2019
This California high school aims to guide all of its first-generation students into professional careers. It’s getting close.
Eastside’s focus on its alumni and its generous budget has enabled the private school — which serves students from low-income families — to succeed where others stumble.
March 14, 2019
Parents and educators plead with Indiana lawmakers not to cut aid for ‘those who need it most’
Most of the people who testified before the state subcommittee criticized a House Republican proposal to cut $105 million for high-needs students.
Race to Reading
August 28, 2018
With Michigan’s third-grade reading law looming, parents fear majority of Detroit youth will be held back
Educators and advocates are warning that too many parents don’t know their children can be held back in third grade if they can't read, because of a new law.
August 21, 2018
After a spike in unpaid school lunches last year, Denver takes steps to prevent a reprise
A year after the Denver school district instituted a policy meant to prevent lunch-shaming, district officials are planning new measures to reduce debt from unpaid meals.
March 11, 2017
As budget process comes down to the wire, groups call on lawmakers to support neediest students in college tuition plan
As state lawmakers race toward an April budget deadline, more voices are calling for a college affordability plan that provides more help to low-income families.
January 27, 2017
Denver Public Schools already provides more money to educate low-income students, but it wants to do more
Next school year, DPS plans to provide schools with an extra $80 per student for some of its highest-needs students.
June 17, 2015
Low-income students stand to lose more with summer learning loss
"Summer slide" is real, but many programs that combat summer learning loss face an uncertain future in Shelby County.
June 15, 2015
Tennessee’s 2015 Teacher of the Year on teaching economically disadvantaged students in Memphis
Fourth-grade Memphis teacher Karen Vogelsang describes the joys and challenges of teaching in a district where 70 percent of students are economically disadvantaged.
May 20, 2015
At 86 percent, Tennessee’s on-time high school graduation rate outpaces the nation, report says
The state's on-time high school graduation rate is outpacing the rest of the nation and moving steadily toward 90 percent by 2020, a report says.
Politics & Policy
August 7, 2014
Free lunch could hurt federal funding for Nashville, Memphis schools
It depends on how many parents return a form being sent home to parents this month asking for income information. A shift in how districts account for how many low-income students it has could potentially impact how much funding districts receive for crucial services funded by federal grants.
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